RJI, or the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, has awarded 13 fellowships for the 2014-2015 school year, the largest number that it’s handed out yet. But what may be even bigger news is that six of those fellows will take part in so-called “institutional fellowships,” under which they’ll work directly with media organizations, such as the Washington Post and the Texas Tribune, to try to find solutions to the challenges that face the news industry every day.
The companies that are involved have honed in on a project and a person to oversee it, and RJI will give each company $20,000 and other funds to cover travel and other expenses for the project. The current group of companies that are taking part in the institutional fellowships include the Washington Post, St. Louis Public Radio, VML, LION Digital Media, Huckle Media and the Texas Tribune.
In addition to the six institutional fellowships, RJI has tapped two residential fellows to work full-time on their projects in Columbia, three non-residential fellows, and two University of Missouri campus fellows.